On September 11th, 2004, Brian Kolfage, a Special Forces airman was critically injured during a mortar attack at his base in Iraq. Despite being one of the most critically injured airmen in the history of the Iraq war, he refused to let those injuries define him.
After a remarkable recovery, including the loss of both legs and his right hand, Brian launched a career as an architect and motivational speaker. He has dedicated his post-injury life to helping other wounded vets find the inner strength to keep fighting.
Though his service and sacrifice is enough to honor him, his recent political activist work put his name on the front page.
Four days ago, on December 16th, 2018, Brian launched a GoFundMe campaign amid growing tension around border security funding, after Trump had backed down from his threat to shut down the government over border wall funding. The Campaign is titled “We The People Will Fund The Wall”. It has already raised well over $5.6 million dollars of its $1 billion goal from almost 92,000 backers.
Typically private donations are not used for government expenditures, however, Brian cites the case of billionaire David Rubenstein who donated $7.5 million to repair the Washington Monument after it was damaged in an earthquake. If that was allowed, there shouldn’t be a problem with private citizens funding this project.
Brian claims on the GoFundMe page that he is in contact with a member of the Trump administration to “secure a point of contact where all the funds will go upon completion.”
He has also hired a law firm to work up binding documents to use the funds exclusively on the wall.
Representative Steven Palazzo of Mississippi has introduced a bill authorizing the Treasury to issue bonds which will be used as a means to fund the wall. If the bill gets passed, these funds will be used to purchase said bonds.
In the 15 minutes it took to write this piece, the campaign has raised an additional $150,000 dollars. The campaign has also been shared over 1 million times on Facebook
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